Well, I'll confess I've tried the pencil thing and failed miserably! The film is like most depictions of witchcraft, it has its roots in truth but the overall effect has been souped up for Hollywood. The idea of calling the corners and invoking spirits obviously has a basic in reality. But I think the least accurate parts are the very physical representations of magic. Magic doesn't work in the strictly physical and linear way this film and others depict. Shame, it would be a damn sight quicker for me if I could just run my hands through my hair instead of trogging off to Boots to buy a hair dye. …..
There also seems to be an underlying theme in the film that magic is entirely illusionary and that doesn't sit well with me. Magic can affect permanent change as much as anything else.
And what a confusion between Witchcraft and Wicca in the film. Those little madams were most definitely not Wiccans given some of the naughty spells they were getting up to, but their constant “Blessed Bes” were not in keeping with a more traditional bent. All in all, the research team could probably have worked a bit harder. Good film though.
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